Background

I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2005 in the UK and completed further postgraduate training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in 2009. I have worked extensively with adults in both a community mental health setting and in a range of inpatient settings within the UK and NZ. I currently work part-time for the Auckland District Health Board and have offered private therapy and professional supervision in Auckland since 2010. I am a member of the New Zealand Psychological Society and hold a current practising certificate issued by the New Zealand Psychologists Board.

Qualifications:

BA (Hons) Psychology & Sociology, Liverpool University (1995)
MA Psychiatry, Philosophy & Society, The University of Sheffield (1999)
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Lancaster University (2005)
Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy, The University of Durham (2009)

Areas of Specialisation

The model I use most frequently is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), although I also incorporate other approaches as required in order to best meet the needs and goals of my clients. These include Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Brief Solution Focused Therapy (BSFT) and Compassionate Mind approaches. I provide psychological assessment and evidence-based treatment for a variety of mild to moderate difficulties, including:

  1. Depression and mood issues
  2. Worry/Stress
  3. Anger and emotion regulation difficulties
  4. Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress
  5. Compulsions and Obsessions
  6. Anxiety and Panic Attacks
  7. Loss and Grief
  8. Interpersonal Relationship Difficulties

I also offer clinical supervision of Registered Psychologists.

I work with adults over the age of 16 and do not offer couples therapy. The first session is an assessment where we decide on goals for treatment and I will work collaboratively with you throughout the therapy process. CBT involves learning skills to manage your difficult emotions and negative thought patterns and the completion of tasks outside of therapy time (homework) is considered essential to CBT and will greatly assist with reaching your goals. Most of my work is short-term up to 16 sessions but is often less. My overall aim is to help you become your own therapist and learn how to use a range of skills that will benefit you throughout your life.

Fees

A therapy session is 55 minutes. The fee is $180 (inc. GST) per session and is payable by cash, cheque or by bank transfer within 7 days of the session. Some health insurance companies will cover a set number of sessions. It is usual to pay the therapy fee first and then claim this back from your insurer.

There is no charge if you cancel an appointment with 24 hours. However, a room fee will apply if a session is cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice, and the full fee may apply for failure to attend a booked session without notice. Unpaid invoices may be subject to debt collection and incur associated costs.

To make an appointment

Please email, text or phone me directly to make an appointment or for any enquiries. Please leave a message if I cannot answer and I will call you back as soon as possible. I am available for appointments on Tuesday afternoon and evening, and at other times by arrangement.